The heatwave that’s been plaguing the Southwest is expected to soon ease with the arrival of late monsoon rains. Phoenix was the first state to see the monsoon downpour, and more storms are expected to arrive over the weekend.
Amidst the intense heat wave hitting the states, a sudden downpour reached Phoenix. Scientists estimated July to be the hottest month for the country – with headlines detailing various disasters that happened and people falling ill due to heat exposure, some dying.
Meanwhile, other regions and places are being hit with the heat wave. Eastern suburbs in Phoenix received heavy winds and dust, fortunately no injuries were reported during the storm.
Late Monsoon Rains Amidst Heatwave
However, some areas temporarily lost power because of knocked down utility poles, alongside some toppled trees. Meteorologist of National Weather Service Tom Frieders says they’ll continue to experience a scorching hot heat wave and will continue to remain as dangerous.
Residents still have to remain cautious, the state and others have been seeing a skyrocket in heat illness-related deaths Goodyear, Arizona Fire Department ordered residents to stay safe. . Although, Frieders hopes these upcoming storms will start cooling off the state.
Maricopa County Flood Control District reported that the storm arrived on the night of Wednesday, bringing heavy amounts of dust, lightning, and some rain. Specific areas were unable to get their share of the rainfall, but got bits of precipitation instead.
At the same time, the south-central area of Phoenix is expected to receive scattered thunderstorms. They add that possible hazards are expected, such as dust and downpours. The state is expected to receive more thunderstorms in the weekend.
The Death Valley in California, and both Las Vegas and Albuquerque city are expected to have easing temperatures as well. Meanwhile, other regions and places are being hit with the heat wave.